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Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Start of Workforce Training Program at IV4 Corporation

Grant will upgrade worker skills and create new local jobs as part of $175,000 in total training funds awarded across Central New York
(July 16, 2012)

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Start of Workforce Training Program at IV4 Corporation

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council today announced that IV4 Corporation in Syracuse is moving forward with a worker training program with the assistance of a $50,000 award it received as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. This project will train 21 technical workers to install, configure and troubleshoot computer and networking hardware at the company, and the increased efficiency of company operations has the potential to create several new jobs at the company. Overall, more than $175,000 in training dollars were awarded by the Council to Central New York companies.

“Worker training programs are a great example of synchronizing New York State and regional investment to build on local economic strengths and help businesses and their employees succeed,” said Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University and Co-Chair of the CNYREDC. “With broad input from across the community, our regional council identified both increasing and enhancing Central New York’s workforce as a priority for economic growth and projects like this rose to the top tier. Public, private partnerships of this kind are key to restoring prosperity both for Central New York and for New York State.”

“A highly trained, skilled workforce is critical to this region’s competitiveness in a global economy,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair of the CNYREDC. “Not only does this program benefit the continuing growth of IV4 Corporation, it strengthens the pool of cutting edge companies in our region and their ability to compete beyond Central New York.”

Today, Matthew Driscoll, President & CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation, joined with IV4 President Peter Bruu and CEO Michael Spoont to kick-off the start of the training program. The project will advance the company’s competitiveness by upgrading employee skills with industry-recognized credentials. It will also help the company expand business opportunities in cutting-edge markets and maintain a productive workforce, and also create new local jobs. Additionally, the training will provide employees with potential for advancement in the future.

Michael Spoont, CEO of IV4 said, “I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council for awarding IV4 this training grant. It is a win-win for our company, our employees and this region. We need to run our company as efficiently as possible in order to stay competitive, and our employees need to keep their skills up to date to improve their careers. IV4 looks forward to increasing our productivity and playing an important role in the economic development of Central New York.”

Matt Driscoll, President & CEO, Environmental Facilities Corporation said, “A well-trained workforce will help position Central New York as a premier destination for businesses across the globe. The regional approach to economic development is working, and we are pleased to help IV4 become an even more productive and efficient company.”

Mario Musolino, Department of Labor Executive Deputy Commissioner and Agency Liaison to the Regional Economic Development Councils, said “IV4 is a great example of how training dollars can impact a company's bottom line and influence them to hire. Using this regional strategy, businesses will be provided with a steady stream of work-ready employees, while workers will obtain skills they will have for the rest of their lives."

Senator John DeFrancisco, a member of the CNYREDC said, “When our employees have the proper training and skills to do their jobs better, our small businesses are more successful and help to grow and strengthen our economy. As a member of the CNYREDC, I am proud that the Governor and Regional Council have supported the training program at IV4 and made the smart business decision to invest in our workforce here in Central New York.”

Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli, a member of the CNYREDC said, “The top priority for our state right now is creating jobs and ensuring our workforce is the best in the nation. Training programs like these are exactly what businesses need to get our economy back on the right track and put New Yorkers back to work. Working together with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues on the Regional Council, I look forward to continuing to support projects and programs that will build our regional economy to be stronger than ever.”

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, IV4 was awarded $50,000 from the State Department of Labor through its Worker Skills Upgrading Program.

The Worker Skills Upgrading Program, administered by the state Department of Labor, provides funds to businesses to train workers in specific occupational skills needed by that business or industry that lead to potential career growth and increased wages. The positions targeted for training must exist and be filled at the time the proposal is submitted.

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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